|Stage 3: Painting the face.|
My inspiration for painting images of Northern England has not left me yet. This image of Elena in the Valley Gardens of Harrogate has been on my mind for at least a year now. Throughout the past year of painting landscapes and lambs of North Yorkshire the desire to paint this portrait has stayed with me and was growing stronger. Suddenly, I knew it was time.
The Valley Gardens are peaceful and beautiful year round. Adding Elena to the setting was ideal.
|Stage 2: Blocking in the shapes with color.|
|Stage 1: With a loose wash of paint thinned with mineral spirits I painted her figure and shape of the fence.|